David J. Miller is an entrepreneur and has spent the last 10 years working with and managing a various new ventures. In December 2007 David founded FamilyFantasySports.com, the first fantasy sports site dedicated to family play. The mission of the company is to create a website full of free games and content that families can share. The site has been designed for grownups and kids to spend time together (both online and off), have fun, and build stronger relationships. During the inaugural fantasy football season (NFL 2008), Family Fantasy Sports awarded more than $40,000 for the college savings accounts of players. In 2009, the company will again award that amount to participating families.
Before launching FamilyFantasySports.com, David founded and spent two years serving as the COO of the Creative Class Group, leading business development and alliances, new product and service creation, and strategy. At CCG David oversaw the creation, development, and implementation of the Creative Cities Leadership Project. David led a team that worked with 30 civic leaders in each of the CCLP cities throughout the world. The more than 200 participants are currently working on more than 30 social ventures in Tallahassee, El Paso, Tacoma, Charlotte, Duluth, and Noosa, Australia.
David continues to advise and consult for CCG and blogs at CreativeClass.com on the topics of entrepreneurship and strategy.
Prior to CCG, David managed a multi-family property management and leasing firm and also worked as a real estate advisor to large commercial real estate tenants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before working in real estate advisory services, David spent 1999-2001 as the Director of Internet Operations and Strategy for MachineWeb.com, Inc. and manager of e-commerce and digital music for Rollingstone.com. Before that, David spent two years as lead researcher and writer for the President/CEO of the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington DC. David has consulted for various new ventures including PeopleCards LLC and HybridCars.com
David holds an MBA from the University of Chicago (Entrepreneurship, Finance, & Strategic Management), an MSc in the International Politics of Asia from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (dissertation: Changing Definitions of Security in the Information Age: The People’s Republic of China and the Internet), and a BA in international relations from the University of Michigan.
In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, David J. Miller is currently a PhD student in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. David’s area of focus is ‘campus entrepreneurship.’ Campus entrepreneurship can be defined as, “the entrepreneurial opportunities and activities that exist in and around colleges and universities; including companies created on campus, educational offerings in the entrepreneurial space, university structures and institutions that support entrepreneurship, markets created on or inspired by universities, and campus actors who are entrepreneurs.”
In researching campus entrepreneurship and completing his PhD, David’s fields of research include entrepreneurship, economic history, and the evolution of higher education in the U.S. David makes use of case studies, oral histories, and
interviews for his data collection and research methodologies. He blogs frequently about these subjects and profiles campus entrepreneurs and institutions at http://CampusEntrepreneurship.wordpress.com and can be found on Twitter @campus_entre.